Gnosticism and the Tarot

One of the most common modern forms of spiritual experience is the practice of reading Tarot cards. But where do the Tarot cards come from and what do the images on the cards mean? In this course we examine the history of the Tarot cards with a view to clarifying the spiritual beliefs that lie hidden in the cards. We pay particular attention to the religion of Gnosticism and of its transmission in various forms through the Middle Ages before concluding with some speculations on the origin of the Tarot in 15th century Italy.

Level: Complex Introductory to Intermediate

Key Terms: Gnosticism, Tarot, heresy.

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